U.S. continues to work with counterparts on North Korea
Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to a question related to a comment made by Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs. After a two-day meeting with U.S. State Department officials, Dawei said he was pretty optimistic that Six-Party Talks would resume in the near future.
When asked if the U.S. shares Dawei's optimism, Psaki said that since North Korea has yet to take action toward denuclearization, the U.S. position has not changed on the resumption of the talks.
"Our position on this hasn't changed," Psaki said. "North Korea has committed on numerous occasions, including in the September 2005 joint statement on the Six-Party Talks, to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs. We're continuing to hold them accountable to these commitments, hold them to these commitments. The ball is in their court."
Psaki said that while the U.S. position has not changed, the U.S. continues to work on the issues with its counterparts.
"It doesn't mean that we aren't at the same time continuing to work on these issues with our counterparts, as is evidenced by the meetings today and by a variety of meetings (Special Representative for North Korea) Glyn Davies and... Assistant Secretary (for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny) Russel have had in recent weeks and months," Psaki said.